Every once in a while, I have this strange urge to cut loose on multiple topics. I call it the combo column.
The death of conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart was shocking. Seemingly out of nowhere, this ferocious man of many websites dropped dead as he walked home one evening a few weeks ago.
Breitbart will be remembered for his unrelenting pursuit of the truth and for his warfare tactics against the liberal media bias he was so vocal about. Through his efforts, Breitbart exposed the ACORN community organizing group, which prompted an immediate investigation and bill to defund the government contributions to the organization.
He also forced Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign in disgrace after spotlighting Weiner’s unflattering self-portraits of his undercarriage online. Just prior to his sudden death, Breitbart announced at the CPAC convention that he had videos of President Obama’s college days that were going to be a source of “vetting,” since he claims it wasn’t done during Obama’s first campaign. One video has already been released, and more are on the way.
But I will remember Andrew Breitbart most fondly for the way in which he so enraged liberals and the left-leaning media. He saw bias, corruption, strange bedfellows and a double standard. He set his sights on all that was unfair and never stopped hammering away at it.
A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew at a speech I attended at the Nixon Library in Orange County. His passionate words received several standing ovations from the crowd and undoubtedly lit a fire in those who would otherwise never get involved in activism or politics.
His tone and demeanor felt like that of a military general. He even declared that America was at war for our own culture and that many in the left-leaning media had done their best to keep it that way. Afterward, as he signed copies of his book “Righteous Indignation,” he spoke to each attendee with kindness, respect and appreciation.
This conservative warrior will certainly be missed. He leaves behind a wonderful family and a media empire that continues to move forward with Breitbart’s plans even after his death. Breitbart was good for the GOP in that he scared them. He was great for the progressives because he really scared them. But he was even better for the average Joe because he was the guy who said exactly what needed to be said and wasn’t worried about the repercussions. In fact, he taunted the repercussions.
For those of you who are unaware, the National Defense Authorization Act is the bill signed by President Obama that, when analyzed, reveals that the president now has the authority to detain anyone — even American citizens if he so rules them a threat — and said person would be held without due process under the law of war. No hearing, no charges, no trial. The very concept reminds me of when Japanese-American citizens were rounded up and detained during WWII via executive order of FDR. This bill, updated for 2012, is affirmed by Congress, acknowledging the unprecedented power allotted to the role of president.
Does this tidbit concern you at all? One of my favorite Founding Father quotes comes from Benjamin Franklin, who said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Think about it. When was the last time you had rights in an airport?
A few days ago, a new resolution started being circulated in Congress by North Carolina Republican Walter Jones. The resolution stated that if the president decided to use offensive military force without the authorization of Congress (against Syria, in this case), it would be considered a high crime and misdemeanor, a reason for impeachment.
This resolution comes after President Obama’s use of military force in Libya without ever consulting Congress and moving swiftly with NATO forces to “aid” the people of that country attempting to overthrow the then-regime.
Some of the exact language of the resolution states: “... the use of offensive military force by a president without prior and clear authorization of an act of Congress violates Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under Article I, Section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution.”
Did you hear that? I think it was the credibility of our elected representatives breathing again.
The country is a-flutter over commentator Rush Limbaugh’s insulting remark about a young woman speaking about contraceptives. Now every enemy he’s ever had wants him yanked off the air.
Forget liberal commentators Ed Schultz, Bill Maher and Keith Olbermann, who routinely make the same if not more disgusting remarks toward women. When they do it, it’s free speech; when Rush does it, it’s a crime.
Someone call the FCC!